The New Zealand team posed a target of 273 for England on the fifth day and they failed to take more than three wickets in the second innings. England couldn’t hit the target required in the remaining overs and hence the match was drawn in the end. The Player of the match was awarded to debutant Devon Conway for his brilliant 200 runs.
Australia was all out for 267 runs (Marcus Harris 76, Anderson 4/33) and England trailed by just 82 runs. But unfortunately, England succumbed to the bowling performance of Australia and got all out for just 68. Scott Boland, the debutant of Australia, took six wickets just in four overs in the second innings and was awarded the Player of the Match.
Ashwin continued his momentum with the bat at his home ground and hit a century in the second innings and India gave a target of 482 runs for the Englishmen. They again failed to bat well and India won the match with a humongous margin of 317 runs. Rohit’s century, Axar Patel’s fifer, Ashwin’s fifer, and his century were the highlights of the match.
New Zealand scored 249 runs (Devon Conway- 54 runs, Mohammed Shami- 4 wickets) and India trailed by just 32 runs. India failed to capitalize the low score and posed only a target of 139. Tim Southee took four wickets in the second innings. The Kiwis easily chased down the target with Williamson scoring 52* and lifted the inaugural trophy of the WTC.
India declared after setting a target of 272 (Ajinkya Rahane – 61, Mark Wood-3/51). The Indian bowlers subjugated the opposition batters and dismissed five of them for a duck and lost the match by losing all the wickets. India won by 151 runs and Siraj was the highlight of the bowling with eight wickets in the match.
Kyle Mayers was on a good touch in his first innings as he got 40 runs and he went on to create history in the fourth innings by scoring a double hundred in his debut. Though the other end was unstable, Mayers kept one end firm and he unbelievably won the match for West Indies and it was the fifth-highest run chases ever in the Test history.
But after Shakib got out for 63, the remaining batters failed to score runs. The last four batters also went out for single digits in quick succession and Pakistan comfortably won the match by an innings and eight runs. Pakistan’s Sajid Khan was the Player of the Match as he picked eight wickets in the first innings and four in the second.
Pujara at number three held the anchor and stood on for 205 deliveries and hit 77. Rishabh Pant took the innings forward and was dismissed for 97. The remaining were in the hands of Hanuma Vihari and Ashwin to hold the innings back and to try for a draw. They both remained calm and expressed extreme grit and the match was drawn with Ashwin scoring 39* off 128 and injured Vihari scoring 23* off 161.
It was an easy task for West Indies to chase down this lost score as there were still two days remaining. But Pakistani bowlers bowled exceptionally well and dismissed the batters in quick intervals. After Jermaine Blackwood got out for 55, the match tended to slide on any side. Kemar Roach held his position at the crease and hit 30 runs and the match was won with just a wicket remaining.
The Indian batting lineup proved its capabilities. Shubman Gill was the highest in the innings with 91 runs. Pujara batted 211 deliveries and hit 56 crucial runs for the team. Rishabh Pant at five anchored the innings though the wickets were falling in the other end. He scored 89* runs off 138 deliveries and won the Player of the Match and created history by breaching the “Fortress Gabba”.